February 13, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 7
W&D Weekly, Delivering the Fenestration Industry to Your Desktop

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The Latest...

International Builders’ Show Opens Today
Orlando, Fla.—Despite a weak housing market, the National Association of Home Builders expects more than 100,000 attendees once again this year at the International Builders’ Show, opening here today... read more

Roto Introduces New Logo
Coinciding with changes at its parent operation in Germany, window and door hardware manufacturer Roto Frank of America, Inc. is introducing a new logo... read more

Andersen Announces Profit Sharing
Andersen Corp. told employees that they will receive this month annual profit-sharing checks equal to 22.5 percent of their 2007 salaries... read more

Window & Door Now Accepting
Crystal Nominations
Nominations for Window & Door’s 2008 Crystal Achievement Awards are now being accepted online. Winners of this year’s awards, honoring innovation in products, manufacturing and marketing, will be featured in the September issue of Window & Door... read more

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The Talk...

e-Poll
The economic stimulus package will likely...
...allow my company tax advantages to purchases we would have made anyway.
...inspire my company to purchase equipment sooner.
...have no effect on our purchasing plans.


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Christina Lewellen,
senior editor
of Window & Door

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Yes, folks, I’m talking about the proposed economic stimulus package. The Wall St. Journal, a.k.a. my personal daily vice, says: “The largest business break in the package is called ‘accelerated depreciation,’ which permits companies to take much larger tax deductions on this year’s capital investments, instead of spreading those deductions over several years. Under the proposal, a company would be able to add a larger deduction immediately of at least 50% of the cost of the equipment to a portion of the normal deduction.”

Sounds pretty good, I guess, but the paper also points out that a nearly identical break for businesses about five years ago didn’t really put the fire under businesses to speed up capital purchases. Instead, the companies that benefited from accelerated depreciation were ones that planned to make upgrades anyway.

What do you think—are you inspired enough ignore the slumping market and take advantage of the depreciation option? Write me an email to share your anonymous thoughts.

RESULTS AND COMMENTS FROM LAST WEEK'S POLL—"Should DOE look at separate Energy Star labels for new construction and replacement products?": While a two-tiered Energy Star label has support, much of the industry appears to have reservations about the idea. Click here to read Page 2 of "The Talk..." and find out why.
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